Marita Tasse's Blog
Sooner or later, just about everyone invests in a major home remodeling project, like redoing a bathroom or updating a kitchen. Those kinds of changes almost always have a transformative effect on the appearance, value, and marketability of your house.
However, if you own a recently built home or simply aren't ready to spend $15,000 (give or take) for a major remodeling project, then there are still plenty of less expensive ways to make big improvements.
A piecemeal, but cohesive approach to upgrading and redecorating your home can spread out the cost for you, without having to wait years to enjoy the results. The perfect example is replacing outdated kitchen counter tops, sinks, and/or cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets look like they've been around since the era of black-and-white TV, then it might be time to replace or reface them. Refacing cabinets is an option many people consider because it's typically less expensive and time consuming than a full replacement. The finished result, however, can be almost as impressive as getting new cabinets. With a little imagination, small touches like a new back splash, cabinet pulls, or even a fresh coat of paint can breath new life into the appearance of your kitchen area.
But Where to Begin?
If you're unsure what area of your home to prioritize for redecorating or remodeling, the kitchen is often a good place to start -- especially if it's a frequent gathering place for family and friends. Bathrooms are another area of the house that are typically in dire need of some TLC. If one or more of your bathrooms are looking outdated and worse for the wear, there are many ways to spruce it up without having to spend a bundle of money. Repainting the walls and ceiling, installing a new sink and vanity, or even putting in fancy new faucets can help invigorate a tired looking bathroom.
Here's a simple fix: Replacing faded old bath towels with fluffy, colorful new ones is another small, but effective way to upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Another inexpensive way to upgrade the appearance of your bathrooms is to clean the dirty, discolored grout between your tiles. You can either hire a professional service to get it done or tackle the job yourself.
From a curb appeal standpoint, some relatively inexpensive enhancements you can make include repainting your front steps, replacing an old front door with a snazzy new one, or simply washing the outside of your house and windows. It doesn't take more than a few seasons of weather changes and other conditions for environmental pollutants, pollen, dust, bird droppings, and splatters of mud to give your house a very unappealing grunge look!
If your home improvement budget is too tight, right now, to invest in new counter tops, bathroom vanities, new kitchen appliances, and cabinet work, remember that a series of small changes done over a period of time can significantly enhance the appearance and beauty of your home -- both inside and out!
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During their teenage years, your children may have screamed angrily at you that they couldn’t wait to leave home and get away from you and your house rules. But, now that they have entered adulthood, your children may be dragging their feet when it comes to moving out. In fact, they might be scared to leave home.
Arguments with your adult children could be a clue that your children are ready to move out
Unfortunately, just because your adult children are afraid to leave home doesn’t mean that they’ve softened their approach when it comes to communicating with you. The continuous arguing between you and your adult children may be just one sign that it’s time for your children to move out and get a place of their own. Other signs that it’s time for your adult children to get their own home include:
- House rules that you set are compressing your adult child’s anonymity. An example of this is when your adult child wants to allow a date to stay over, but you have made it clear that intimate overnight guests are not allowed.
- Costs of caring for your adult child are rising because your child’s personal tastes have gotten richer. Instead of being satisfied with spaghetti, your child demands lobster. Instead of basic cable, your adult child ordered premium cable channels, taking your cable bill up by $50 or more a month.
- Lack of space has become a problem. Your adult child is starting to treat all of the rooms in your home as if they are her sole domain. Clothes drape the backs of your dining room chairs. Your colognes,electric razors and briefcases are seeing wear and tear due to increased usage.Your adult child wants more space. She is eager to feel as if everything where she lives is hers. It’s getting hard to draw the line between what’s yours and your child’s.
- Bill collectors are starting to call your house,asking when you’re going to make an overdue payment. This can become a consistent issue if you and your child have a similar or the same first name.
- Your child has started to save for an apartment or down payment on a house. Your adult child may also have started to buy her own bedroom furniture or furniture for her living space in the basement or attic.
- A new addition has come into the family; your adult child has become a parent.
- You’re getting this nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that your child has grown his wings. If he stays at home much longer, the two of you could start to have relationship problems.
Remember how antsy you got the last time you made a major life change? That’s how your adult children may be feeling as they consciously or subconsciously contemplate moving out of the house they may have lived in all of their lives. It’s not the easiest decision. Moving away from home as an adult child can feel like losing and winning at the same time.
Children may feel as if they are winning more independence and anonymity. They may also feel as if they are losing a time in their life that was sweet, innocent and safe. Gift your adult children with courage by listening to the signs they give. Support them as they start apartment or house shopping. They’re not leaving you. They are growing up, exercising courage and expanding their life experiences, the same as you did after you left high school or college.